Review: dhb Aeron Race Cycling Bib Short

I’m a real fan of Wiggle’s dhb kit. It offers good value, decent performance and looks okay too.

I own several pairs of dhb shorts and bibs and the dhb Aeron Race Cycling Bib Short was my latest purchase. Designed for performance, these shorts include carbon fibre (apparently), good grippers, tight fit and a decent pad. I was attracted to them because they were a step up from standard Aerons.

I must say I am a bit disappointed.

At 5’11” and a 34” waist, I’m a large in Aeron bibs but the large in the Aeron Race was way too small. Fortunately, Wiggle were their usual great selves and swapped them for an XL without a single quibble. Even the XL are a little small. I kept with them because experience told that after a wash or two and a couple of hundred miles, they begin to feel more comfortable. Not so.

The crotch area is way too tight. There is a seam or something on the side of the thighs that chafes and even when down on the drops, it still feels compressed in the gentleman’s area.

That problem aside, the quality of the build, the stitching and the design are all top notch. Not on par with the Italians, but then these are half the price. The grippers are good at keeping their place, the material stretches and moulds itself well and even after a dozen or so washes, they still look good.

These are race fit, which I expected but they are simply uncomfortable for me. The pad is good and protects those areas as they should, even for 3-4 hour rides. Yet the material chafing and general crotch fit make them a poor choice in my case. While it doesn’t put me off dhb kit, I think I will either go for Aeron Pro or save up a little more for Castelli next time.

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